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Thursday, 31 August 2006

Hedgerows - Page 4

Written by Katherine Breen
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Hiking toward the summit of Pen Y Fan, third tallest peak in Wales, the burden of keeping up with long-legged leaders forced my head down as I gasped for air. It wasn’t until I got to the summit that I finally looked around. That’s when it happened – I became captivated by the net-like pattern across the valley slopes. Also likened to spider webs or embroidery work sewn into the hills, the pattern is formed by hedgerows – the patchwork quilt of ancient people of the Bronze Age that has survived Norman occupation and the more recent accommodation of modern farm equipment.







Helpful “bits and bobs” should you visit Brecon Beacon and the surrounding area:

Come prepared to enjoy hiking and “gourmet refueling.”  Trekking can range from rugged to gradual slopes – all with glorious vistas.  Stop into the Mountain Centre in Libanus (5 miles southwest of Brecon) to get your bearings and any maps.  The area and surrounding towns are also host to a plethora of gourmet restaurants – most featuring their own organically grown vegetables, herbs and free-range meats.


Surrounding Towns worth a trip:

Town of Brecon:  Market Town and named for the idyllic Brecon Beacon Mountains, which surround the town.  There is a mid-August Jazz Festival and a farmer’s market on Saturdays.

Do not miss White Swan Restaurant or the Lion Yard Ice Cream bar after trekking the mountains or visiting the Mountain Centre in nearby Libanus.


Crickhowell – A hiker’s paradise and upscale-market town situated in the heart of the Black and Brecon Beacon Mountains…hikers paradise, known as the “Gourmet Center of Wales.” Do not miss the Nantyfin Cidermill with its homegrown, organic vegetables and free-range meats (if visiting once order the Lamb Comfit) or the Bear Hotel – a famous in-town pub and hotel. Hike through the Glanusk Estate- all off the A40. Green Man Festival on the Glanusk Estate August 18-20.


Cardiff – The capitol city of Wales, home to Cardiff University, trendy Cardiff Bay, The Museum of Welsh Life, St. Fagan’s, Cardiff Castle, and two city markets with produce, craft, fabric, and book stalls.  Recommend visiting the center of the city  –  all the St. David’s arcades, which are small alleyway stores, many trendy and upscale.  Do not miss Wally’s Delicatessen, featuring a world-class deli-counter, meats, cheeses, cakes and herbs from around the world.


©Katherine Breen


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